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April 17, 2017
“Rather than building as big an insurance pool as possible so the costs got meted out more broadly, what the program did is sequester those people,” explained Garrett Martin, the executive director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy. 
April 14, 2017
Maine People’s Alliance, Beacon podcast, April 14, 2017 This week on the Beacon Podcast, Garrett Martin of the Maine Center for Economic Policy joins Taryn, Ben and Mike to talk about Maine’s state budget, examining Governor LePage’s proposal, the Democrats’ Opportunity Agenda and explaining what happens next.
April 11, 2017
Maine people and businesses rely on safe, efficient roads and bridges in order to get to work, and conduct commerce. Tourism, the lifeblood of the state’s economy, is totally dependent on the ability of Americans, Canadians, and other visitors to travel to, and around our state.
April 11, 2017
Seniors, veterans, and all Maine families and individuals who are doing their best to get by in difficult times need fair and responsible resources that will truly help them over a hump.
April 11, 2017
The debt buying industry, primarily out-of-state companies, threatens and deceives consumers to collect on debts they know are inaccurate. LDs 1199 and 1242 will put in place needed reforms to strengthen Maine’s consumer code to protect Mainers from these abusive and illegal practices.
April 8, 2017
In Maine, eight of 10 workers who are paid the subminimum wage are women, according to the left-leaning Maine Center for Economic Policy. Tipped workers are twice as likely to live in poverty as other workers and nearly half of tipped workers rely on public assistance, the center’s research found.
April 7, 2017
Yesterday, House and Senate Democrats rolled out a budget proposal that delivers where Governor LePage’s budget failed. We’ll be diving into the details in the coming days but our first take is that it gets to work solving the problems Maine people have been asking their elected officials to fix so that we can have a strong economy and thriving communities.
April 5, 2017
Seven states have already removed the special exemption from minimum wages known as the “tip credit” (Alaska, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Washington). Federal Earnings data show that tipped workers in these states, on average, earn more from a combination of tips and employer wages that tipped workers in the rest of the country.
April 5, 2017
The potential benefits of the recent minimum wage increase could be jeopardized for workers, families, children, and seniors if the proposals to eliminate indexing or reduce minimum wage levels are approved.
April 4, 2017
Workers who rely on tips don’t benefit from the existence of a lower tipped minimum wage. That’s the conclusion of a variety of sources that compare the earnings of workers in those states without a “tip credit” and those which maintain one.